A Connecticut Christmas Carol 2018 Cast and Creative Team
|ROBBIE BERSON* (Tiny Tim) is from Branford, Connecticut and is thrilled to
be returning to Goodspeed. He just finished an industry reading of the upated Rags at Central Presbyterian Church, NYC and performed at the Stephen Schwartz benefit for The Orphaned Starfish Foundation. This past summer, he performed at Kansas City Repertory
Theatre as Joey in the world premiere of Last Days of Summer, directed
by Jeff Calhoun. Robbie comes from a musical Dad and a Mom who teaches. He has
been singing since the day he was born and studies voice and acting with Neil
Fuentes at New Haven Academy of Performing Arts. He also plays the piano.
Robbie thanks his sister Cassidy, as well as his parents, for supporting his
passion! Special thanks to the ACCC
production team and Nancy Carson of Carson-Adler Agency. Instagram:
|ROBERT CUCCIOLI* (William Gillette/ Scrooge) is thrilled to be returning to Goodspeed, where he appeared in Ankles Aweigh and, most recently, Cutman. Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde (Tony nom., Drama Desk, O.C.C. Award), Les Misérables, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. Off-Broadway: And The World Goes ‘Round (O.C.C. Award), Rothschild and Sons, Jacques Brel, Bikeman, Snow Orchid, White Guy on the Bus. Television: The Sinner, White Collar, Sliders, Baywatch, The Guiding Light. Film: Celebrity, The Stranger, Impossible Monsters, The Rest of Us. Original Cast Recordings: Jekyll & Hyde (Atlantic), And The World Goes ‘Round (RCA Victor), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris (Ghostlight), Rothschild and Sons, The Look of Love (Solo Album). www.robertcuccioli.com.|
|MATT GIBSON* (Bob Cratchit) is excited to return to this role, the Connecticut Christmas Carol family, and Goodspeed for the holidays. He recently finished up performing in the off-Broadway revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever at Irish Rep. Broadway: Gypsy; Off-Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, The Underclassman, New Girl in Town. Regionally, Matt’s played over 25 Equity principal roles, most recently Willie Conklin in Barrington Stage’s award-winning production of Ragtime and Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! at Virginia Music Theater. www.mrmattgibson.com @mrmattgibson|
|MICHAEL THOMAS HOLMES* (The Ghosts) originated these fantastic roles last season. He also appeared in Amour at Goodspeed's Terris Theatre. On Broadway, he played Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), toured with The Producers (with Jason Alexander and Martin Short) and with the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera. Regional: Tevye, Fiddler on the Roof (Pioneer); Nathan, Guys and Dolls (Barrington); John Adams, 1776 (Guthrie); Tateh, Ragtime (Bristol Riverside, Barrymore nomination); and most recently, The Narrator in Rocky Horror Show (Bucks County). MFA in Acting, UC Irvine. He appeared on Smash, The Blacklist: Redemption, and Law & Order, and is the immortal Stormtrooper Rolf in The Producers: The Movie Musical. Thanks to CGF. Husband to Ruth (est. 2016).|
|JIMMY BREWER* (Ensemble, Young Scrooge) Goodspeed Musicals: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Flamingo Kid, Hit Her With the Skates (NYC readings); Motherfreakinghood (NYMF), Trouble With Dead Boyfriends (MCL Chicago), The Black Suits (Kirk Douglas Theater). TV: Blue Bloods (CBS). BFA CMU 2018. Eternal love to his family for their everlasting support and guidance.|
|SAMANTHA BRUCE* (Ensemble, Isabel, Helen) is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed so soon, having just played Laurey in Oklahoma! this summer. Before that, she starred as Luisa in the closing cast of The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. Favorite regional credits include Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Denver Center, Gwen in The Royal Family at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Roxanne in Cyrano at Sierra Rep, and Louise in Gypsy with Symphony Silicon Valley and Harbor Lights Theatre. Many thanks to Michael O'Flaherty, the creative team, the cast and crew, Paul Hardt, and everyone at Goodspeed! www.samanthabruce.net|
|LEE HARRINGTON* (Ensemble, Martha, Mrs. Goodspeed)
is very happy to be back at Goodspeed! Off Broadway: Into
the Woods (Roundabout). Jellybean (Irondale Ensemble Project).
Regional: Show Boat (Magnolia), Company (Kathy); Merrily
We Roll Along (Meg); Man of La Mancha (Antonia); Marvelous
Wonderettes (Cindy Lou); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
(Woman 1); Fiddler On the Roof (Hodel); Dead Man’s Cell Phone
(Jean); Carousel (Julie). Workshops: Merrily We Roll Along
(Roundabout). She has performed her original one-woman play, Jellybean,
at the Irondale Ensemble Project, Fringe Festival, United Solo
Festival, and colleges around the country, directed by Daniel
Jenkins. Upcoming TV: NBC's Gone. Upcoming film:
Where’d You Go, Bernadette opposite Cate Blanchett and Last Flag Flying.
Love to Meemee and Pop Pop, and big thanks to Paul Hardt. Training:
Carnegie Mellon University.
NOAH PLOMGREN* (Ensemble, Harry) last appeared at Goodspeed as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Elephant Jack in The Circus in Winter. National Tours: Finding Neverland and Hair. Regional credits: From Here To Eternity and Treasure Island (Finger Lakes MTF), Noises Off (Pittsburgh Public), Lend Me A Tenor (Bay Street Theater), Next to Normal and Titanic (Hangar Theatre), Tigers Be Still (City Theatre Company). Film: Deserters. Education: Carnegie Mellon. www.noahplomgren.com @plomegranate
|CELESTE ROSE (Ensemble, Mary Muldoon, Jen, Tiffy) is thrilled to be back at Goodspeed for ACCC round two! Off-Broadway: Unexpected Joy (York Theatre). Regional/Workshops: Ellie in Freaky Friday and Bernice in the world premiere of Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse, The Gateway Playhouse), Kate Mullins in Titanic (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Ali in Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s immersive musical The Bad Years, and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at HSRT. She’s a proud member of Jen Jancuska’s The BringAbout. BFA Ithaca College! For more info: www.CelesteRose.com. Love and thanks always to Mama, Papa, and Gabi.|
|ALEX STEWART* (Ensemble, JP Morgan) is thrilled to return to Goodspeed, where he was most recently seen in Oliver! (Ensemble) and Oklahoma! (Ensemble/Will Parker understudy). Other credits: Elf: the Musical! (National Tour); Oklahoma! (PCPA, Sierra Rep. Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre); Pirates of Penzance, Cinderella, My Fair Lady (PCPA); Nice Work…Get It, Boeing Boeing (Summer Rep. Theatre); Sacramento Ballet Company Member 2010-2014; co-host of the “Nobodies in New York" podcast. Training: School of the Sacramento Ballet, Boston Ballet School, Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Thanks to the whole Stewart Clan, BBR Talent, and Mr. Paul Hardt. Happy Holidays!|
|JEFF WILLIAMS* (Ensemble, School Master, Mr. Goodspeed) Goodspeed: Rags, Where’s Charley, Wonderful Town. Broadway/Tour: The Music Man, The Pirate Queen, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Carol, Me and My Girl, The Will Rogers Follies. Regional: Hamlet, Outside Mullingar, Seminar, To Kill a Mockingbird, M. Butterfly, Art, The Crucible, The Sisters Rosensweig, Terra Nova, Death For Five Voices, Around the World in 80 Days, and more. TV/Film: Tell Me A Story, OITNB, Central Park Five, Bull, Difficult People, Gotham, Blacklist, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, American Odyssey, The Sopranos, The Producers. Syracuse University graduate and proud Equity member since 1987. www.JeffWilliamsOnline.com|
|DAISY WRIGHT (Ensemble, Kathy, Cora) is overjoyed to be returning to Goodspeed for her second year in ACCC! Daisy grew up in St. George, Utah and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Regional credits include Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show and Phyllis/ Peggy understudy in 42nd Street (Bucks County Playhouse); Silly Girl/Belle understudy in Beauty and the Beast (NSMT); Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! and Ali/Sophie understudy in Mamma Mia! (Music Theatre Wichita). Much love to Jordan, my parents, my incredible agents at HCKR, and to everyone at Goodspeed for having me back!|
|MICHAEL O'FLAHERTY (Music & Lyrics) is completing his 27th season as Goodspeed’s Resident Music Director, with more than 85 productions to his credit. His original musical Genesius was included in Goodspeed’s New Works Festival in 2008, and later had a showcase production in New York City. He has music directed at Paper Mill Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Ford’s Theatre, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the Smithsonian Institution. Broadway credits include By Jeeves, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and A Streetcar Named Desire. He was Musical Supervisor and Cabaret Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival for 11 years.|
|L J FECHO (Book) is the Artistic Director of Genesius Theatre in Reading, Penn. He has worked for producer Alexander H. Cohen, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, Hudson Guild, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Fulton Theatre. He is a member of producer Ken Davenport’s Mastermind Group. His play Just Another Illegitimate Child of John Lennon was presented at the Philadelphia Fringe. He wrote the book for Genesius – The Musical, which was presented at the 2008 Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals and then as an Equity Showcase. Fecho wrote a Pennsylvania Dutch version of A Christmas Carol with Michael O’Flaherty, titled The Belsnickel Scrooge, which was presented at Genesius Theatre.|
|HUNTER FOSTER (Director) returns to Goodspeed after directing The Drowsy Chaperone at The Goodspeed and last year’s premiere of A Connecticut Christmas Carol here at The Terris Theatre. He also wrote the librettos for two new musicals, Summer of ’42 and The Circus in Winter, which both had their premieres at The Terris Theatre. He is the newly-appointed Artistic Director of Redhouse Arts Center. Most recently, Hunter directed The Other Josh Cohen off-Broadway at the West Side Theatre in NYC. He is an Artistic Associate at the Bucks County Playhouse, where he has directed 42nd Street, Clue, Guys and Dolls, Company, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Buddy Holly Story (2016 & 2017), National Pastime, The Rocky Horror Show (2013, 2014, 2016, & 2017), Summer of ’42, Million Dollar Quartet, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He also directed the world premiere of the new musical One Hit Wonder for the University of Michigan. Other directing credits include Our Town (Theatre Aspen), The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre); Cabaret, My Fair Lady, The Foreigner, Clue (Cape Playhouse); Grease (North Carolina Theatre); Spamalot (Casa Mañana); and has directed productions of the Million Dollar Quartet for the Paper Mill Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, and at many other theatres around the country. Other book writing credits include Jasper in Deadland, Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale, Sleepy Hollow, and The Big Boom.|
|LISA SHRIVER (Choreographer) is thrilled to return. Goodspeed: Where's Charley, The 60's Project, The Story of My Life. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Farnsworth Invention, The Story of My Life, Ring of Fire. Assistant Choreographer for 10 Broadway productions, including The Producers, Titanic, Oklahoma!. Othe: Fiasco Theatre Company's Into the Woods (Lucille Lortel nomination), Phish’s NYE Madison Square Garden concert (3 years in a row), Caesar and Cleopatra and The Tempest (both with Christopher Plummer), Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Disney Cruise Line. Film/TV: A Beautiful Mind, Hysterical Blindness, A Christmas Carol, A Very Murray Christmas, Broad City, The Detour. As Assistant Choreographer:The Polar Express, Mixed Nuts, Center Stage. Upcoming: Director/Choreographer, Rock of Ages, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre.|
|DAN PARDO (Music Director) is so happy to be returning "home" to Goodspeed, where he spent three seasons on the resident music staff. Broadway: Amazing Grace (Nederlander). Off-Broadway: The Office! A Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach), Found (Atlantic), Soot and Spit (New Ohio), Rothschild and Sons (York), and Skippyjon Jones: Snow What?! (Lucille Lortel). Other NYC credits include numerous workshop productions and concerts, including Come From Away at NAMT and Stepchild at LPAC. Some regional favorites include Fun Home at the Weston Playhouse, Company at Barrington Stage, and How to Succeed… at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Dan has been producing a weekly web series, "Pardo's Turn," since early June.|
ADAM KOCH (Scenic Design) International: Dreamgirls (Seoul). United States: Signature Theatre (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Helen Hayes nomination), Serenbe Playhouse (outdoor Titanic), Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Tuacahn Amphitheatre, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Music Theatre of Wichita, Cincinnati Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Fulton Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, and Portland Stage. Dedicated to William and Mary Koch. See more at adamkochassociates.com and on Instagram @instadamkoch.
|NICOLE V. MOODY (Costume Design) Select design credits: Our Town (Apen Theatre); Clue (Cape Playhouse); The Other Josh Cohen (Geva Theatre); 42nd Street, Clue, Guys and Dolls, The Buddy Holly Story, Steel Magnolias, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Summer of ’42, It’s A Wonderful Life; a Radio Play, A Grand Night for Singing (Bucks County Playhouse); Arsenic and Old Lace, The 39 Steps, Avenue Q (CFRT); Love, Loss and What I Wore (NYC, Chicago Tour, Asolo Rep); Sleuth, Glass Menagerie (Olney Theatre); What is the Cause of Thunder? (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Films: the short indie Dead Light Glory, Hungry for Gold (IOC).|
|JEN SCHRIEVER (Lighting Design) Broadway designs include Eclipsed and Ghetto Klown. Recent Off-Broadway: Strange Interlude (Transport Group); School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play (MCC); …Discord (Primary Stages); On The Exhale (Roundabout); The Moors (Playwrights Realm). Also: Public, Signature, 2ST, Labyrinth, Women’s Project. Recent Regional: The Christians (Center Stage), Fingersmith (ART), Beauty and the Beast and Merry Wives of Windsor (OSF), Hurricane Diane (Two River). Also: Goodman, Berkley Rep, South Coast Rep, Williamstown, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare Theatre. Opera: Pearl Fishers (MET, ENO, LAO); Die Fledermaus (Met); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Faust, La Traviata (Mariinsky, Russia). Adjunct at Purchase College. www.jenschriever.com|
|JAY HILTON (Sound Design) is pleased to continue his long association with Goodspeed Musicals. Jay has designed countless productions at both The Terris Theatre and The Goodspeed in East Haddam. His work has also been heard on Broadway, National Tours, and at Regional Theatres from coast to coast. In addition to being Goodspeed’s Resident Sound Designer, Jay serves as their Audio Supervisor. He and his wife, Goodspeed Line Producer Donna Lynn Hilton, make their home (and garden) in Hadlyme, Connecticut.|
|MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Hair & Wig Design) is very happy to return to Goodspeed for this production. His work has been seen here in Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, to name a few. Broadway: West Side Story, Lysistrata Jones, The Farnsworth Invention. Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger, Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore with Olympia Dukakis, and, most recently, Talley’s Folly at Roundabout Theatre Company. Regional: Christmas on the Rocks ’14 and ‘15 for TheaterWorks and Romeo and Juliet at Hartford Stage Company. He is the recipient of a 2010 Drama Desk Award for his contributions to the creative team for Horton Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre Company. Mark is the Costume Rental Manager for Goodspeed Musicals and makes his home here in East Haddam. Thanks to all for their continued support on this journey. *peep*|
|DAN DeLANGE (Orchestrator) This is Dan's 20th year and 52nd show at Goodspeed Musicals. His work was heard in the West End's production of Show Boat and was nominated for Best Musical Revival at the 2017 Olivier Awards in London. He has orchestrated for Manhattan Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall, The Jim Henson Company, Julie Andrews, Rosie O'Donnell, Live Theatricals at Universal Studios, and composers Paul Williams, Jerry Herman, Harvey Schmitt, Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Link, and Mark Hollman. His scores have been heard on Broadway, London's West End, National and European Tours, film, television, and at Regional Theaters around the world. He’s a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. DanDeLangeOrchestrations.com|
|BRADLEY G. SPACHMAN* (Production Stage Manager) is originally from Chicago and has previously worked at the Goodman and Lookingglass Theatres. He brought Goodspeed’s productions of Pippin and The Boy Friend to audiences across North America. At The Terris Theatre, he last stage managed The Great American Mousical for Julie Andrews and Christopher Gattelli. Some favorite Goodspeed productions include Redhead, Fiddler on the Roof, and Singin’ in the Rain. For Kim.|
HILARY SURFACE* (Assistant Stage Manager) Excited to be back at Goodspeed! Goodspeed: Anything Goes, Oklahoma!, A Connecticut Christmas Carol 2017. NYC: Puffs, The Outer Space (Public Theater). Regional: Steel Magnolias, Sylvia, Altar Boyz, South Pacific, Clue: On Stage (The Cape Playhouse); The Magic Play, Ask Aunt Susan, Smokefall (Goodman Theatre); The Nutcracker (Kansas City Ballet). For Amy & Andy.